Officials seek at least one nursery stock vandalism suspect - Tucson News Now

Officials seek at least one nursery stock vandalism suspect

(Source: Pima County Communications Office) (Source: Pima County Communications Office)
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Authorities are searching for at least one suspect responsible for the vandalism of more than $34,000 worth of nursery stock.

Pima County officials said thousands of plants at the Pima County Native Plant Nursery were destroyed by at least one person who trespassed and doused them with herbicide chemicals in mid-September.

"This was a reprehensible act that will set back our efforts to restore native plants," Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry stated in a news release. "These are plants that cannot be replaced by buying them at a nursery. They were grown from seeds or salvaged from development sites, so it is safe to say an entire year's worth of work has been lost."

County officials said a reward of $2,500 will be offered for information leading to an arrest of the person or people involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME.

Those who may want made monetary donation to the nursery to assist with inventory recovery can mail or drop them off at the Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Department at 3500 W. River Road.

Further questions can be directed to Gregoria Tucker at (520) 877-6209.

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